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About

Transport Women Australia Limited Founders

Glenys Jardine

Leanna O'Neill

Nola Bransgrove OAM

Tania Macaulay

Julie Ann Pobjoy

Samantha Palmer

Jan Middleton

Robyn Stepnell

Our Team

Jacquelene Brotherton

Jacquelene Brotherton

Chair

Jacquelene has her own consulting company, J Brotherton & Associates and has worked in the transport and logistics industry for over 5 decades, her many and varied roles have included livestock, general and refrigerated transport as well as fleet management, training, and compliance. She is a well-known public speaker and industry advocate.

 

She has been a Life Member of the Livestock Transporters Association of NSW (now LBRCA) since 1998; this was bestowed for her contribution to the group. In 2018, she won both the Excellence in Road Transport Award at the Women in Industry Awards and the Inaugural Female Leadership in Transport Award at the Australian Freight Industry Awards. In 2019, at the prestigious Wyndham Business Awards, she won the Businessperson of the Year Award. In 2023, she was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry at the Australian Trucking Association Awards.

 

Jacquelene has dedicated her career to the transport, logistics and supply chain industry both here and in the USA.

 

She is now sharing her passion with future generations of people who are being encouraged to join the industry, she can do this through the TWAL projects with the Girl Guides and secondary schools as well as her regular column in Big Rigs Magazine and her publications that appear in national and international magazines.

 

She says, “Trucking has been a wonderful career and life for me, and I know that it can be for anyone.” Transport Women Australia are continuing their campaign to improve the profile and everyday image of everyone in our industry.

Pam McMillan

Pam McMillan

Immediate Past Chair

Pam McMillan remains on the Board as the Immediate Past Chair. Pam was invited to join the board of Transport Women Australia Limited in 2000, soon after incorporation.

 

She served 11 years as Chair in the ensuing years. She is always available for invaluable advice and knowledge about the history of TWAL.

 

She was the Transport Women Australia Limited representative on the Australian Trucking Association Council for seven years. Pam was the National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year in 1999 and the 2017 Women in Industry Award winner for Excellence in Road Transport.

 

In 2019, Pam was awarded the Inaugural Trish Pickering Memorial Award which is awarded to recognise women who have dedicated themselves to improving the road transport industry through continuous years of contribution whilst upholding the four pillars on which it is based – being a role model, and showing strength, leadership, independence, and encouragement to future generations.

 

At the 2022 TWAL Driving the Difference Conference, Pam was awarded Life Membership for her years of dedication to the organisation.

Coralie Chapman

Coralie Chapman

Vice Chair

Coralie Chapman has been working in the transport industry for over 20 years and is now the National Logistics Manager for Humes Concrete Products (Holcim).

 

Coralie has worked in most aspects of the industry including having her own trucks with her ex-husband. She loves working around trucks and holds a current heavy rigid licence. Since joining the board in 2016 Coralie has served as company secretary’ and is now Vice Chair. Coralie also looks after most of the admin with the support of other board members. In 2018 Coralie represented the Victorian Transport Association at the inaugural Future Leaders program run by the Australian Trucking Association and sponsored by Daimler Truck Australia Pacific. In 2019 Coralie was awarded the ATA National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year at Trucking Australia in Perth, and in 2023 Coralie was awarded the Women in Industry Excellence In Transport award.

 

“I love the industry and I enjoy every aspect of it. Working in transport has given me purpose and an amazing career so far. You get to work with some of the most amazing people all while doing something that supports everyone.”

 

Coralie also loves being on the TWAL board and is looking forward to continuing the great work that has already been done by TWAL and working on new and exciting projects that promotes and helps support the transport and logistics industry.

Di Caldwell-Smith

Director (Governance)

A board director since November 2016, Di is proud to be part of an incredible board of women working towards creating opportunities for women in the transport and logistics workspace.

 

Di advocates and encourages non-traditional careers and diversity whenever the opportunity presents itself.

 

Di is a governance and compliance specialist in the Superannuation and Wrap investment industry.

 

Di has worked with and formed lasting friendships with many transport and logistics operators, association members, charities, and generally those with an interest in providing opportunities for diversity in the transport and logistics space over the years.

 

She has a long history with working with various transport associations in Australia, as well as with her family and friend’s transport businesses. Di is enthusiastic about the future for women in the transport and logistics space, the variety of opportunities available, as well as the role Transport Women Australia Limited can play in promoting and encouraging women and all seeking non-traditional careers to enter and thrive in their chosen working arrangement.

Penne Murphy

Penne Murphy

Director

Penne has worked in the insurance industry for almost 20 years.

 

Currently, Penne is the Executive Account Manager of the Transport Division at Interlink Insurance Brokers and has primarily specialised in sourcing insurance and risk solutions for the Transport and Logistics Industry since 2013 both as an Underwriter and an Insurance Broker.

 

Through her engagement with diverse transport businesses and operators over the years, Penne developed her passion to educate and empower as many people as possible. Penne loves having honest discussions surrounding the issues being faced by the industry and always welcomes discussions surrounding better business practices.

“I am appreciative of the way Transport Women Australia Limited advocates for women in the transport industry and am honoured to be given the opportunity to make a positive difference in the industry through active participation in the Board. Transport Women Australia Limited initially sparked my interest as I wanted to align myself with a remarkable team who share my passion with respect of making this great industry, even greater” – Penne Murphy

Simone Reinertsen

Simone Reinertsen

Director

Simone is an engagement specialist who has spent the last two decades working with the transport industry and its supply chain. Her previous roles have seen her offering training solutions, and workforce development opportunities, including language, literacy, and numeracy support to industry stakeholders. 

As the NHVR’s Stakeholder Engagement Officer in Victoria and Tasmania between 2015 and 2023 (and in SA from 2015 to 2019) she worked with subject matter experts in Access, Accreditation, Safety and Compliance, PBS, Policy, and other business units, to help facilitate effective outcomes for the customer. Simone was a foundation member of the NHVR’s Customer Experience team, working within the business on improving the experiences customers have when interacting with the regulator.

A passionate safety advocate, Simone has worked to increase her knowledge of transport safety and compliance and has since taken on the role of Chain of Responsibility Lead for BildGroup. She commenced as a Member of the Board for Transport Women Australia Limited in 2021 and is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion across the industry.

Jo Hansen

Director

Jo Hansen has worked in the Transport and Logistics Industry for 20+ years. Jo’s first role was in warehousing as a stock Controller, this is where her passion for the transport industry begun. She then moved into the Safety and Compliance Manager position specialising in Dangerous goods.

 

She then decided to complete her Master’s Degree in Occupational Health Safety and Environmental Management graduating in 2005.

 

Jo is passionate about the safety and compliance within the Transport industry and is also passionate about encouraging and mentoring women within the transport industry.

 

Jo is currently the Safety and Compliance Manager at Cannon Logistics, which is a family-owned company specialising in the transportation of refrigerated products.

 

I enjoy working in the Transport Industry and enjoy all aspect of it. Working in Transport Industry has given me a great career and the opportunity to help develop and mentor the next generation coming through the industry. Working in the industry I have worked with some of the most knowledgeable and amazing people all while doing something that I have a passion for.

Katharina (Kat) Attana

Director

Katharina (Kat) Attana, a supply chain leader with 20+ years of global experience, residing in Australia for the past 15 years. Kat has held key roles in finance, logistics, consulting, and industrial property across various continents.

 

Presently, she serves as the Chief Commercial Officer at Tasman Logistics Service, driving its growth strategy. Actively involved in industry associations, Kat strives to empower both women and men, fostering balance and potential.

 

With a passion for impact, she leverages her extensive expertise and networks to uplift colleagues, partners, and clients.

 

Kat, a proud mother of three boys, holds degrees in International Business, Management, and Commercial Real Estate, along with being a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

In September 2023, Kat was awarded the Female Leadership Award at the prestigious Australian Freight Industry Awards.

Our Story

In December 1999, eight amazing women joined forces and Transport Women Australia Limited was formed.

These women wanted to make a difference and although their roles were varied, they wanted to give women a single voice as they realised that women were often running the companies but getting no recognition and had nowhere to be heard.

 

They tested the boundaries, spoke about the issues that had not been spoken about before and opened avenues of development for young people, and provided opportunities for women in the industry.

 

One of the values of the organisation is being able to give back to the industry while paying forward what has been given to you.

 

The women who followed built on these foundations offering support to women in the industry as everyone faces the same issues whether it is rules and regulations, road safety, OHS, or training. The transport and logistics industry is a very practical industry and finds realistic and practical solutions to adapt; other industries can learn from this.

 

They conducted research, began to hold conferences to bring the women in the industry together on common ground, bestowed the original scholarships, joined the ATA Council, and had a national voice. They nominated many women for national awards and ensured women gained recognition for their contribution to the industry.

 

The organisation today has a large membership across Australia as well as some international members, we have established successful initiatives as we grow to assist those members in their personal professional development or for them to contribute more to the successful operation of their business. We have other projects in the planning stages to continue this work and are dedicated to raising the profile of and improving the industry for all participants but especially for women. We are passionate about ensuring our role models are recognised and take the message of our great industry to the community. We do this through our many TWAL events throughout the year, attending schools, career and trade fairs, truck shows and speaking at conferences and forums.

Additional Resources

Transport Women Australia Limited 'Living the Dream Promo'

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Creating Connections Mentoring Program

Transport Women Australia Limited 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner